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There's a rumour going 'round that if you amass a certain number of penalty points on your driving licence, the authorities will make you take your test again! Now, if ever there was an incentive to drive carefully, they could not have threatened a more terrifying ordeal.
Jasper Carrott

Meaning of "rumour" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD RUMOUR

Via Old French from Latin rūmor common talk; related to Old Norse rymja to roar, Sanskrit rāut he cries.
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PRONUNCIATION OF RUMOUR

rumour  [ˈruːmə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF RUMOUR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Rumour is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb rumour in English.

WHAT DOES RUMOUR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Rumor

A rumor or rumour is often viewed as "a tall tale of explanations of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern". However, a review of the research on rumor conducted by Pendleton in 1998 found that research across sociology, psychology, and communication studies had widely varying definitions of rumor. Thus, rumor is a concept that lacks a particular definition in the social sciences. But most theories agree that rumor involves some kind of a statement whose veracity is not quickly or ever confirmed. In addition, some scholars have identified rumor as a subset of propaganda, the latter another notoriously difficult concept to define. A pioneer of propaganda studies, Harold Lasswell defined propaganda in 1927 as referring "solely to the control of opinion by significant symbols, or, to speak more concretely and less accurately, by stories, rumors, reports, pictures, and other forms of social communication". Rumors are also often discussed with regard to "misinformation" and "disinformation". Rumors thus have often been viewed as particular forms of other communication concepts.

Definition of rumour in the English dictionary

The first definition of rumour in the dictionary is information, often a mixture of truth and untruth, passed around verbally. Other definition of rumour is gossip or hearsay. Rumour is also din or clamour.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO RUMOUR

PRESENT

Present
I rumour
you rumour
he/she/it rumours
we rumour
you rumour
they rumour
Present continuous
I am rumouring
you are rumouring
he/she/it is rumouring
we are rumouring
you are rumouring
they are rumouring
Present perfect
I have rumoured
you have rumoured
he/she/it has rumoured
we have rumoured
you have rumoured
they have rumoured
Present perfect continuous
I have been rumouring
you have been rumouring
he/she/it has been rumouring
we have been rumouring
you have been rumouring
they have been rumouring
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I rumoured
you rumoured
he/she/it rumoured
we rumoured
you rumoured
they rumoured
Past continuous
I was rumouring
you were rumouring
he/she/it was rumouring
we were rumouring
you were rumouring
they were rumouring
Past perfect
I had rumoured
you had rumoured
he/she/it had rumoured
we had rumoured
you had rumoured
they had rumoured
Past perfect continuous
I had been rumouring
you had been rumouring
he/she/it had been rumouring
we had been rumouring
you had been rumouring
they had been rumouring
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will rumour
you will rumour
he/she/it will rumour
we will rumour
you will rumour
they will rumour
Future continuous
I will be rumouring
you will be rumouring
he/she/it will be rumouring
we will be rumouring
you will be rumouring
they will be rumouring
Future perfect
I will have rumoured
you will have rumoured
he/she/it will have rumoured
we will have rumoured
you will have rumoured
they will have rumoured
Future perfect continuous
I will have been rumouring
you will have been rumouring
he/she/it will have been rumouring
we will have been rumouring
you will have been rumouring
they will have been rumouring
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would rumour
you would rumour
he/she/it would rumour
we would rumour
you would rumour
they would rumour
Conditional continuous
I would be rumouring
you would be rumouring
he/she/it would be rumouring
we would be rumouring
you would be rumouring
they would be rumouring
Conditional perfect
I would have rumour
you would have rumour
he/she/it would have rumour
we would have rumour
you would have rumour
they would have rumour
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been rumouring
you would have been rumouring
he/she/it would have been rumouring
we would have been rumouring
you would have been rumouring
they would have been rumouring
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you rumour
we let´s rumour
you rumour
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to rumour
Past participle
rumoured
Present Participle
rumouring
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH RUMOUR


assumer
əˈsjuːmə
bloomer
ˈbluːmə
boomer
ˈbuːmə
consumer
kənˈsjuːmə
costumer
ˈkɒstjuːmə
duma
ˈduːmə
empyreuma
ˌɛmpɪˈruːmə
fumer
ˈfjuːmə
groomer
ˈɡruːmə
huma
ˈhuːmə
humor
ˈhjuːmə
humour
ˈhjuːmə
Nkrumah
əŋˈkruːmə
puma
ˈpjuːmə
rumor
ˈruːmə
shroomer
ˈʃruːmə
struma
ˈstruːmə
Sumer
ˈsuːmə
tumour
ˈtjuːmə
Zuma
ˈzuːmə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RUMOUR

rummish
rummlegumption
rummy
rumness
rumor
rumor mill
rumor-monger
rumor-mongering
rumormonger
rumorous
rumour mill
rumour-monger
rumour-mongering
rumourer
rump
Rump Parliament
rump steak
Rumpelstiltskin
rumple
rumpled

WORDS THAT END LIKE RUMOUR

affaire d´amour
affaires d´amour
amour
aqueous humour
armour
black humour
brain tumour
cardinal humour
dishumour
gallows humour
glamour
ill humour
lavatory humour
out of humour
peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumour
secondary tumour
sense of humour
Seymour
toilet humour
vitreous humour

Synonyms and antonyms of rumour in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «RUMOUR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «rumour» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of rumour

Translation of «rumour» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RUMOUR

Find out the translation of rumour to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of rumour from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «rumour» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

谣言
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

rumor
570 millions of speakers

English

rumour
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अफवाह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

إشَاعَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

слух
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

rumor
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

গুজব
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

rumeur
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Khabar angin
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gerücht
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

うわさ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

소문
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Desas-desus
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tin đồn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வதந்தி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अफवा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

söylenti
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

diceria
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pogłoska
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

чутка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

zvon
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φήμη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gerug
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

rykte
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

rykte
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of rumour

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RUMOUR»

The term «rumour» is quite widely used and occupies the 27.856 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RUMOUR» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «rumour» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «rumour» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about rumour

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4 QUOTES WITH «RUMOUR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word rumour.
1
Jasper Carrott
There's a rumour going 'round that if you amass a certain number of penalty points on your driving licence, the authorities will make you take your test again! Now, if ever there was an incentive to drive carefully, they could not have threatened a more terrifying ordeal.
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Jonathan Raban
By the end of the 1980s, Seattle had taken on the dangerous lustre of a promised city. The rumour had gone out that if you had failed in Detroit you might yet succeed in Seattle - and that if you'd succeeded in Seoul, you could succeed even better in Seattle... Seattle was the coming place. So I joined the line of hopefuls.
3
Rebecca Solnit
We are entering an era of heightened disaster, thanks to climate change. Being prepared for disaster will mean being prepared to sift truth from rumour, and being prepared to adjust our worldview.
4
Casey Stoner
People are telling me I might be going back to MotoGP, but a rumour is a rumour.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RUMOUR»

Discover the use of rumour in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to rumour and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Rumour and Renown: Representations of Fama in Western Literature
Major study of the literary treatment of rumour and renown across the canon of authors from Homer to Alexander Pope, including readings in historiographical and dramatic texts, and authors such as Petrarch, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare and ...
Philip Hardie, 2012
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The House of Rumour
A novel spanning decades follows a cast of characters as they make their way through a labyrinth that connects WWII spycraft, the occultism of Aleister Crowley, the Jonestown massacre, pulp science fiction, Latin American revolutionaries, ...
Jake Arnott, 2012
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Rumour Has It
When newly single Tilly Cole impulsively quits her London job for a fresh start in the small town of Roxborough she finds she's arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and rampant rivalry for the most desirable men.
Jill Mansell, 2009
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Crowd and Rumour in Shakespeare
Offers new interpretations of Shakespeare's works in the context of two major contemporary notions of collectivity: the crowd & rumour.
Kai Wiegandt, 2012
5
A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy
In the context of blatant corruption, populism and tragedies such as the Marikana massacre, the book considers the current state of the ruling party and the opposition, and dissects the big issues currently afflicting our society, including ...
Max du Preez, 2013
6
A Rumour of Otters
Angry at being left behind when her father and brother go off to muster sheep, Alexa decides to search in the wild for the otters previously seen only by a mystical Maori tribesman.
Deborah Savage, 1993
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The Rumour: A Cultural History
In an illustrated, accessible and novel discussion beginning in Greek antiquity and culminating in an examination of the rumor in the technological age, Hans-Joachim Neubauer takes the reader on a tour of its historical and cultural ...
Hans-Joachim Neubauer, 1999
8
Puma Rumour: Mission Fox
A NOISE CAME FROM INSIDE THE TRAP.
Justin D'Ath, 2012
9
A Long Rumour of Wisdom: Redescribing Theology
This lecture gives a clear picture of the responsibilities of theology in relation to some of the most pressing issues of our time.
David Ford, 1992
10
The rumour of Calcutta: tourism, charity, and the poverty of ...
A provocative and original reading of both Heidegger and Marx, the book also draws upon writers as diverse as Spivak, Trinh, Jameson, Clifford, Virilio, Bataille, Derrida, Deleuze and Guattari.
John Hutnyk, 1996

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RUMOUR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term rumour is used in the context of the following news items.
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Woman behind rumour gets bail
THE businesswoman arrested for spreading a rumour online that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had transferred Bt10 billion to Singapore was released on a ... «The Nation, Jul 15»
2
Police debunk bomb rumour in Lafia
Mr. Ismaila warned people to desist from causing panic and engaging in rumour mongering. “Whatever the security agencies are doing, it is for the peace and ... «Premium Times, Jul 15»
3
Rumour Wire: Victor Valdes distances himself from former Barcelona …
The Rumour Wire tool also revealed that Internazionale unfollowed Lukas Podolski on the very day the German forward agreed a move to Galatasaray after a ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
4
Championship transfer rumour mill live: Latest Reading gossip plus …
Good morning everyone. The Ashes may start today, but the transfer rumour mill ploughs on. The transfer window is open for business as usual and clubs are ... «getreading, Jul 15»
5
Idris Elba denies James Bond reports: 'It's just a rumour, I have no …
When asked about being neck and neck with Damian Lewis at the bookies to replace Daniel Craig, the actor told the Radio Times: “It's just a rumour. I have no ... «The Independent, Jun 15»
6
Rudimental reveal 'Rumour Mill' video
Global platinum-selling four piece RUDIMENTAL have unveiled a new track from their upcoming new album, We The Generation. Hear the classy new ... «Music News, Jun 15»
7
Aston Villa transfer rumour mill: Andros Townsend next? New …
Our colleagues at The Mirror are reporting that Villa are are ready to rival Southampton for England new boy Tom Heaton. The Premier League duo are both on ... «Birmingham Mail, Jun 15»
8
Championship transfer rumour mill LIVE: Latest gossip from Cardiff …
... up and coming down. Think there's something we should be featuring? Tweet @getreadingfc with any rumours you might pick up over the course of the day. «WalesOnline, Jun 15»
9
Championship Rumour Mill: Reading FC amongst clubs interested …
... summary below from various local newspapers and websites. We'll be bringing you rumours and news live throughout the rest of the day on our live blog here. «getreading, May 15»
10
Raising Rumour: Life as a 12-year-old transgender child
Rumour remembers looking in the mirror as a young child. "I was in the mirror and I used to brush my hair and I was like, 'I look like a girl,'" Rumour said. «WLWT Cincinnati, May 15»

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